Bihar elections: The much-anticipated Bihar assembly elections for 243 constituencies will be held in three phases. The first phase of polling will be held on October 28 followed by the second on November 3, and the third on November 7. The vote counting will be conducted on November 10. It is going to be the first assembly election to be held amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The general and assembly elections have been conducted through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) since 1982. The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is useful in issuing a physical verification copy to the voter after the vote is cast.
As the right to vote is the constitutional right of every citizen, therefore it should be practiced by every citizen of the nation at the time of assembly elections.
Steps to follow while casting vote
- Carry any one of the government-issued identity proof (Aadhar card, driving license, etc) and voter slip (given at booth/generated using voter helpline app) to the polling station.
- Amid the Covid-19 maintain physical distance while waiting to cast vote.
- Wear a mask while going out to vote to contain the spread of the virus and have safe and successful polling.
- A physician will be present at the polling booth to check the temperature of the voters coming to cast their vote. Also, gloves will be given to the voter.
- The polling officer is to press the ballot button on the electronic voting machine instead of issuing a ballot paper. It will enable the voter to cast their vote.
- A list of candidates’ names and/or party symbols will be displayed on the machine with a blue button next to it.
- The voter needs to press the button next to the candidate’s name they wish to vote for. After casting vote, the used glove should be disposed of in a dustbin, and sanitization of the hands to be done before leaving the polling station.
— Election Commission of India #SVEEP (@ECISVEEP) February 5, 2020